2014 HYUNDAI TUCSON Pretty on the outside Winnipeg Free Press Autos

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Mercedes-Benz GL 400 AT Special Series

Tucson has sleek look but plastic interior


Hyundai Tucson GL for $16,999

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They don’t make like they used to.

will know what I cheap base-model cars of youth with all the creature of a cardboard box — gutless with manual transmissions and radios; no air conditioning, power mirrors or door locks, and all the appeal of a tax audit.

Yet, though the 2014 Hyundai GL FWD I’m driving does a manual transmission, it’s fitted with air conditioning, front seats, power mirror and door locks, control and a decent audio That’s not suffering.

Mind the cost of entry-level transportation at least if we’re talking a ute/crossover — is a lot pricier when I counted change to a Big Mac, bought gas no more $5 at a time and split six-packs so-called poverty pack) my buddies just so I could myself in wheels. Still, these days is good — as long as the vehicle is

Fortunately, although the Tucson is mature (the second-generation debuted for the 2010 model it continues to deliver plenty of with its drive.

My one personal — that an SUV without an drivetrain is pretty much a station wagon (or minivan, on the vehicle’s configuration) — remain. And, in the Tucson’s getting AWD means forking a lot more cash — (which includes $2,250 for the manumatic transmission).

That the Hyundai tester handled winter weather with thanks to it being shod snow tires and having brakes, electronic brake-force brake assist, electronic control and traction control as backups.

Additionally, hill-start assist which prevents the vehicle rolling backward on steep is standard — added for manual transmission users.

trying to tackle monster isn’t a smart idea, but the doesn’t sweat the small And it easily plows through traffic and congested mall lots, its compact dimensions suited for suburban commuting.

not the freshest model in the hotly compact SUV segment, the Tucson exactly been left by Hyundai; it benefits from key enhancements for the 2014 model To improve fuel economy and both of the sport-ute’s four-cylinder feature direct injection. The and 2.4L engines now develop 164 and 182 respectively.

Externally, updates redesigned projection headlamps LED position and daytime running LED tail lights and new alloy Also available for 2014 are Driver Selectable Steering system, third-generation audio and systems and heated reclining seats.

The base GL’s 2.0L is a perky albeit growly (at above 4,000 rpm) with good mid-range It’s not exactly a powerhouse, but not overburdened, either — the SUV a trim 1,443 kilograms.

The is also helped by the easy of the six-speed manual transmission. most prospective buyers gravitate to the available Shiftronic and that’s a pity, as the manual is one of the stick shifts around to its crisp actuation. Hyundai it’s because of the triple-cone for first and second gears, for third gear and single-cone for and fifth. Whatever. The clutch is light, and the engine can be short-shifted for fuel economy or wound out acceleration is called for.

Mercedes-Benz GL 400 AT Special Series

As for fuel economy, I averaged 12 per 100 kilometres during the week, considering almost all of the driving was in That said, automatic-equipped are actually more fuel

Having been designed in the Tucson’s athletic shape is, Hyundai, complemented by the agile and responsive steering expected of a vehicle. That’s a touch although the Tucson does a job of tackling road irregularities, a rather typical suspension involving MacPherson struts up multi-links at the back and stabilizer at both ends.

Unfortunately, the base GL, one can’t get the Sachs Selective Dampers (which is on automatic GLs and standard on the GLS and Limited These dampers can automatically compression to maintain a more balance between ride and handling dynamics. Thicker bars are included.

The Tucson is an early proponent of fluidic sculpture design a very stylized appearance remains fresh and distinctive.

the GL FWD is a far more pedestrian affair, a of its low price tag. Oh, the essential layout is quite acceptable, clear, easy-to-read gauges and that are logically located and accessible, but there is a lot of hard to be found, only slightly by its grained texture.

Yet, the seats are comfortable, there’s of legroom and headroom, front and for six-footers, and the split-folding rear drop flat, more doubling cargo space to litres (55.8 cu ft) from 728 (25.7 cu ft).

Driving the GL FWD was no — the compact sport ute has a personality that holds up as now as it did when it won the Automobile Journalists of Canada’s Best New SUV/CUV $35,000) award for 2011. I would fork over the cash for the AWD version — is a four-season country, after all but, for those who are on tighter even the base GL with tires has the goods to get you through of a long winter.

As strippers go, it has the right package.

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Mercedes-Benz GL 400 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GL 400 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GL 400 AT Special Series

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